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The first-ever Oscars began in 1929, and almost 100 years later it’s still happening! (Even if the Academy is still snubbing women and diverse nominees, but that’s a whole other issue.) With nine decades worth of red carpets, that means there have been SO many stylish dresses and gowns that have graced them. Here, we’re taking a look back at some of the most stunning, fashion-forward ones for each year dating all the way back to ’29. (Wow, those black-and-white pics are a throwback!) From Lupita Nyong’o to Penelope Cruz and from Audrey Hepburn to Grace Kelly, click through to see the most stylish Oscars dress the year you were born.
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Gemma Chan, 2019
The Crazy Rich Asians star wore a voluminous Valentino dress with a high collar to the red carpet and landed on the best-dressed list. As a bonus, the frock even had pockets!!!
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Viola Davis, 2018
Viola donned a bright pink sequin Michael Kors gown and accessorized with a matching clutch and sparkly hoop earrings in 2018. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar the previous year for her emotional performance in Fences, and presented the award for Best Supporting Actor to Sam Rockwell this year.
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Naomie Harris, 2017
The Moonlight star was nominated for Best Supporting Actress this year, and she didn’t play any games on the red carpet. This white sequin Calvin Klein mini was jaw-dropping—especially when paired with her bold yellow heels.
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Cate Blanchett, 2016
Sure, Cate Banchett’s Armani Prive gown might’ve been a little divisive, but we totally stan this gorge aqua hue, feathery details, and Swarovski crystals. It was clearly a winning look since she picked up the Best Actress Award for her work in Carol.
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She absolutely glowed in this neutral off-the-shoulder Vivienne Westwood dress. She wore her hair in locs, which…